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  1. Make the most of Hong Kong’s public holidays by booking up a break to remember. We’ve matched some of this year’s key days off with some top destinations, to give you the easiest, most exciting, breaks imaginable.Lunar New Year: Saturday, January 25 – Tuesday, January 28, 2020Tokyo, Japan Lunar New Year may almost be upon us, but amazingly there’s still availability to head to the ultra-modern and gloriously traditional Tokyo. Ever changing, choose to step back into the past with temple hopping…
  2. It took five years and 40 prototypes for Patek Philippe to come up with this beautiful mechanical addition to the iconic Twenty-4 collection. Although the new iteration bears very little resemblance to the original watch introduced 20 years ago, the Twenty-4 automatic promises to be the perfect companion for modern, self-confident women with active lifestyles.Which watches would you buy if Patek Philippe gave you an unlimited budget?The original watch with its rectangular case was powered by a…
  3. If you’re looking to save money on housing, you probably shouldn’t live in Hong Kong.It’s home to the world’s most expensive rent, according to Deutsche Bank’s 2019 edition of its annual “Mapping the World’s Prices” report, which highlights the cost of living in 56 global cities, including the average monthly rent for a typical two-bedroom flat. To determine this specific data, the report sourced prices from Expatian, a s ite that tracks cost-of-living expenses in over 200 countries.Which three…
  4. As 2020 marks the beginning of a new decade, it intersects with the outset of the Year of the Rat, the first animal zodiac sign on the Chinese lunar calendar. While some perceive the rat with vexation, Chinese culture deems rodents as a symbol of wisdom, achievement and vitality.Today, luxury brands channel the passing time by inventing creative novelties that champion the lunar spirit. Celebrate the Year of the Rat with our top five picks of artisanal timepieces featuring bewitching Chinese…
  5. Any China reporter or exchange student would have known not to make this mistake. In July, Versace, Coach and Givenchy released remarkably similar – and flawed – T-shirts, with designs variously implying Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan were not part of China. A year earlier, China’s central government had warned international airlines against the same mistake. To add to the injury, the garments went on sale at a time when rioters in Hong Kong were calling for “liberation”. How did the face mask -…
  6. Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal is probably the most familiar Saudi Arabian mogul in the West. With a reputed net worth of more than US$18.7 billion, the founder and CEO of Kingdom Holding Company, is understood to be the richest man in Saudi Arabia. Al-Waleed, described by Time as the “Arabian Warren Buffett”, and listed by Forbes as the 45th richest man in the world in November 2017, enjoys an extravagant life.15 people who became billionaires in 2019 – and 14 who lost their spotHowever, he was…
  7. Each January and July, the world’s uber-rich and fashionable convene in Paris for the biannual, ultra-luxurious Paris Couture Week. It’s one of the most overloaded times for the city, and taking a car ride from the shopping haven Place Vendome to Grand Palais (where Chanel usually hosts its shows) could easily take 30 minutes or more.Yet, nothing stops the fashion crowd from visiting the French capital – they’re there to admire the finest in luxury fashion and jewellery, which are…
  8. Julia Flesher Koch, the wife of late billionaire industrialist David Koch, recently became one of the richest women in the world.Koch, who died in August 2019 at the age of 79, controlled a fortune estimated at US$53.5 billion, which meant that he and his brother Charles were tied as the seventh-richest Americans, according to the Forbes 400 ranking.Bloomberg pegs his widow Flesher Koch’s net worth at U$$61.6 billion, which would make her the richest woman in the world. Forbes, however,…
  9. The world’s wealthiest are diversifying, and many more in the East are being included. While the upper echelons of the world’s richest mainly revolve around the same names – Bezos, Gates, Buffett, Zuckerberg – there are a number of new names that have joined the list this year. To get you up to speed, here are just some of the notable figures who have joined the three comma club in 2019.How did Eric Tse become a billionaire in 24 hours?1. Eric Tse (Hong Kong)Net worth: US$3.8 billionWhen it…
  10. Luxury French fashion house Louis Vuitton has sealed a deal with Canadian diamond producer Lucara Diamond and Belgian manufacturer HB to polish and set the Sewelô diamond, currently the world’s largest at 1,758 carats. It’s the second-largest find in history – the top spot goes to the 3,106.75-carat Cullinan found in South Africa in 1905.The Sewelô is the largest diamond ever discovered in Botswana and the second 1,000-plus carat diamond recovered from the Karowe mine in the past four years…